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Old 05-20-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Westfield, IN
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My husband and I are preparing to relocate from an Indianapolis suburb to Northern Kentucky. My husband is close to accepting a job in downtown Cincinnati and we are trying to find an area to put down roots. We currently do not have children, but hope to soon after we move. I am originally from a Dayton, OH suburb, so I am familiar with Cincinnati, but not too familiar with NKY. We are currently looking around Independence/Fort Mill. Our home price range is around 165,000.00 - 210,000.00. If anyone is familiar with the Indianapolis area.....something similar to Carmel/Fishers would be ideal.

Our main concerns are school districts (public) and crime. We would like to be in an area that is semi-rural/suburban, but still relatively close to downtown Cincy due to commuting. We are not interested in older homes, the newer the better.

So my questions are:
- Is Independence/Fort Mill area safe?

- Are the schools in those areas good schools?

- Would the commute to Cincinnati be decent? (Like 30-40 mins one way at the most?)

- Based on the information above, is there an area that would be better suited to our criteria?

- How do taxes compare to living in Ohio? From my research, it appears that the home prices in NKY are much better for the square footage than in Ohio...

- Any other things we should consider?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: (Lyndon) Louisville KY USA
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Independence is a very safe area. Very suburban, upper middle class area. My sister has lived there for 5 years and really likes it. The commute to downtown depends on the time you leave. Peak times it could be 40 minutes from Independence but if you leave before 7 am or after 9 am it may only take 20 minutes.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:13 AM
 
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Lived in Florence for a few years, and awaiting the ability to return..(job transfer etc)..........

IMO you can't go wrong in just about any NKY suburb....In Florence we had all the big box stores which get a bit annoying, but the schools are decent, crime is low, and you're close enough to downtown...

We also looked in Ft. Mitchell, Erlanger and just about every suburb around. We chose to buy the condo we were renting thus staying in Florence. (Oakbrook).. But if we had found the right home we would have gladly lived in any area of NKY (for the most part)

Our financial situation has improved since those days so we'll be looking in Triple crown or other areas in Union in the next 2-3 years when we can return.

Big fan of Cincinnati and it's surrounding areas....

(BTW we live in Maui, HI and yes it's nice, but really am looking forward to getting back to the Nati!)
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Westfield, IN
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I should add in my above post - I meant Taylor Mill, not Fort Mill!

Is Florence a congested area? Last time I was there it seemed that the growth was booming. I know most of NKY has seen a lot of growth, so in order to be in an area that is semi-rural - would we have to go further south?
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: (Lyndon) Louisville KY USA
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I should add in my above post - I meant Taylor Mill, not Fort Mill!

Is Florence a congested area? Last time I was there it seemed that the growth was booming. I know most of NKY has seen a lot of growth, so in order to be in an area that is semi-rural - would we have to go further south?
To be in a semi rural area in NKY that means either south of Richwood/ Walton or west of Burlington. I-471 has less traffic issues then I-75 but it less accessible and has less shopping than the I-75 corridor. Semi rural on the US 27/ I-471 corridor is south of Alexandria, like Grants Lick or Peach Grove. But of course the further out you go the more traffic you go through to get to downtown.
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